8 Philadelphia Police Department Employees Indicted on Theft, Fraud Charges-US News | The Epoch Times

Eight Philadelphia Police Department civilian employees have been accused of receiving unemployment benefits while still working and receiving paychecks from the department, officials said. The employees were charged federally with fraudulently obtaining emergency unemployment benefits related to COVID-19, resulting in each facing one count of mail or wire fraud and one count of theft of government funds, U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in a statement on Nov. 23. Charged are Shannon Reynolds, 25, of Philadelphia; Najah Harrell, 32, of Philadelphia; Korey Kinard, 29, of Philadelphia; Keely Maude, 23, of Philadelphia; Tashika White, 50, of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania; Paulette Johnson, 55, of Philadelphia; Monica Pelzer, 45, of Philadelphia; and Yarelis Feliciano, age 28, of Philadelphia. Johnson is a clerk; the others are police radio dispatchers. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law in March 2020. The measure created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides unemployment …

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